From the most recent Red Mountain album – a retune of Horatius Bonar’s text “Come Lord and Tarry Not.” We’ve been using Karl Digerness’s 6/4 adaptation and have been singing it as a song of response after preaching this year. A great call that reminds us our lives are wrapped up not in the present but in the future of Christ’s consummation. Really looking forward to digging into it in 2013 with our Revelation series.
Superb modern hymn from Jordan Kauflin (son of Bob Kauflin). Great lyrics, good music, drives us to Christ. Enough said.
Great text (based in Psalm 103) and tune from the popular songsmith Matt Redman. While we don’t sing a lot of CWM at CTK we do a curated selection as part of doing good church hospitality. Our bluegrass arrangement is awesome too!
I love this song cuz it’s a good song, but I love it even more because it’s liturgically clever and a great example of collaboration that would only happen with people connected to the history of congregational song. The original text by Heber was retuned by Clint Wells. The text was originally written as a substitute for the traditional Agnus Dei in the anglican church so I asked Luke Brodine to add a chorus with those words. I polished off the arrangement and it has been one of our (well, mine at least) favorite communion songs this year.
Our friends Shelby Murphy and co. up at Redemption Hill in Richmond are writing, recording, and arranging some great music. Check them out HERE. This 4/4 arr. of Praise to the Lord just hit a sweet spot for us as an opening song. We keep the feel of their arr. without the added chorus and edits.
Besides the fact that I have a man crush on Jeff Crawford I love that he finds these gems of old hymns and records them with their original settings. This is a gorgeous song we sing regularly during the Lord’s Supper.
I’ve known about this song for tons of years and have heard it led at various places but it never clicked for me…until! we started using Magik*Magik’s string quartet arr. that speeds up the tempo. Voila! I love this song now. Can’t wait to get back to it in 2013.
There are a lot of great retuned versions of this text by Wesley with all the heavy hitters weighing in…but my congregation is stuck with my version. We ended every advent service with it so I think they’ve warmed up to it by now.
A totally original song that I worked up as part of Dr. Lester Ruth’s songwriting class last year. I’ve gotten great feedback on it so we sang it a couple of times during advent this year and I asked our local RUF group at NC State to record it for our Xmas CD.
Again I’m a sucker for clever, liturgical songwriting. This fine piece of craft putting the reformation “Sola’s” to music from Zac Hicks was a part of our children’s song curriculum this Fall. While the congregation didn’t sing it I’m looking forward to our kids singing it for the next 20 or 30 years as they grow into church leadership at CTK.